Time defines the challenge facing
the Quarter Mile Foundation to produce the PROJECT 1320 documentary
film series on the drag racings history.
THE KEY: First person interviews
of the surviving pioneering legends to gain an I was there...
perspective of the What, Who, Why When, Where, How
of the sports development.
THE CHALLENGE: Age and physical
health of the remaining legends. The recent losses of James Warren,
Joe Mondello, Dick Rossberg etc. are stunning examples of how
important this is.
We cannot outrun death. It cannot
be cured. Consequently, for the PROJECT 1320 to be an effective
historical retrospective of drag racing (and the performance
automotive aftermarket it generated), the interview film crews
must get to these individuals before it is too late. It many
cases it is already too late for our legends that are no longer
with us. This is should be a huge eye opener to us for those
One of drag racings blessings
is the relatively short period of time it has been in existence.
This fact provides the Foundation with a truly unique opportunity
to capture these narratives from the sports pioneering
legends. Few major motorsports can access their founding
fathers and influential figures as drag racing can.
THE OPPORTUNITY: Bluntly, the
success of this documentary undertaking depends upon securing
funding. The cornerstone of the effort is to get the interviews
The Foundation is seeking support
from a wide range sources: from race fan and automotive enthusiasts,
grants and industry companies; as well as sales of branded products
such as caps, t-shirts and the like.
The Foundation has utilized (and
will continue to do so as much as possible) major drag racing
and industry events to conduct interviews, which reduces travel
and overhead costs, but much more needs to be done.
Some legends cannot travel to these events because of health
or other situations.
Your support and belief in the
Foundations Mission will make it possible to dedicate time
and resources to bring the mission to completion. This will also
rapidly close the window to reach the legendary figures of the
sport and the performance industry before it is too late. Death
has taken many of our pioneers and will continue to do so; for
those remaining your donation will secure those oral histories
for generations to come.
The need to tell the story about
the sport and the industry it built is long overdue. The younger
generation which follows in the legends footsteps need
to understand the effort and the sometimes brutal sacrifices
that were made.
If the Foundation does not get
the recollections of the pioneering legends of their careers,
plus tell the stories of their peers who have already died, these
first-hand stories will never get recorded. And, all of us will
be poorer for it!
Together, united as one in honor
of those that gave of this great sport and industry, we will
be able to share and preserve forever the stories of the brilliant
pioneers which helped to shape an American culture and traditions.
Their stories are the stories of the American dream, creating
greatness from nothing but their seemingly impossible dreams.
The spirit of innovation, fearlessness, technological exploration,
competition, and entrepreneurship is still alive today, and more
important than ever as we move into the 21st century.
The Quarter Mile Foundation and
its PROJECT 1320 will celebrate the history of these pioneers
because, in knowing where we came from, we can understand our
Your support is vital! Become
a part of this crusade by donating at project1320. For every $2500.00 dollars donated,
a pioneers interview is secured!
Lets win this race for
our Pioneers! NOW is the time to give back for all that they
have given to us.
Become a part of sharing our
history, for today, tomorrow and the future generations!
PROJECT 1320 produced by Quarter Mile Entertainment
is an episodic documentary which will capture the history of
drag racing - from the post World War II period to the end of
PROJECT 1320 will feature interviews of the surviving
pioneers as they tell the story from their unique, personal point
of view. Some of today's heroes will be featured, but it will
focus on yesterday's legends as they tell of their experiences
and explain the Who, What, Why, When, Where and How of
the sport's early days and how it grew. You will also see how
a multi-billion dollar industry - the performance automotive
aftermarket - grew with the sport as ingenious racers built new
parts to make their race cars go faster, and then sold them to
their fellow competitors.
Drag racing fans can get directly
involved with the PROJECT 1320 effort by becoming a member of
OF PROJECT 1320".
-- A PROJECT 1320 T-shirt, Cap and Hat Pin.
-- PROJECT 1320 Boxed DVD sets at discounted pricing.
-- The PROJECT 1320 website "Members Only" section.
-- Photos and movies from fans and old racers which will rekindle
-- As a special addition, you will also see actual interview
pieces of each interviewee before the documentary is even released.
-- Join with a community of fans in the website's social network
area sharing your personal recollections and thoughts with
others around the world.
PROJECT 1320 will feature the important developments
of each decade, how the pro classes came to be, the innovations
in performance parts, the changes in safety and how drag races
were conducted. You'll learn about how the automakers and Fortune
500 companies used the sport to market their products. Plus many
more areas as PROJECT 1320 unfolds!
Project 1320 to chronicle
drag racing's pioneers
Documentaries to provide
an oral history of the sport
Parma Heights, Ohio -Racing fans
and automotive enthusiasts have long had a desire to learn about
the birth of the sport from the legends and heroes of the formative
To this point, there has been
a patchwork of efforts but without an integrated approach to
tell the story of how men and women with mechanical talent, fearless
determination and skill built the cars and events to capture
the glory of being the quickest and the fastest down 1320 feet
The focus of Quarter Mile Entertainment
LLC (QME) and its Project 1320 is to capture first person narratives
about the life and times of these early heroes from the
period immediately after World War II through to the beginning
of the "modern era". The narratives of the sport's
pioneers will be supported with still images and home movies
of the period to deliver the "Who, What, When, Where, Why"
of the times.
At the heart of the project is
the goal to produce a high quality documentary film centering
on the individuals, manufacturers, sanctioning bodies and the
behind the scenes people what it took to bring this great
sport to its current level that can be divided into segments
suitable for multi-part TV series use. The individuals and manufacturers
who will be a part of this series will include many household
names but will also include many of the "lesser-knowns"
whose contributions have faded in our minds, but who helped launch
the sport, nurtured it through its early growth and finally saw
it become a major motorsport. The goal is to place the series
on a cable network to expose the greatest number of viewers to
why and how this sport has grown in popularity.
"Our greatest concern is
to capture the stories and personal perspectives of the legends
of the sport that are still living," says Traci Hrudka,
chairman of Quarter Mile Entertainment. "We have lost a
tremendous number of these people over the years, and time is
running out to capture those oral histories in a digital format.
If we ever want to do this, now is the time!"
The initial effort will be to
provide an overview of the historical perspective of the sport
- the key people and moments the passion and the blood,
sweat and tears it took to evolve the sport from a grassroots,
never quit, "run whatcha brung" level to the point
where corporate America and thousands of racers are involved
on a weekly basis. It will also touch on how successful racers
became successful business owners, supporting the racers with
the products needed to get the finish line quicker and faster.
The blueprint for Project 1320
calls for a breaking down of the sport's dramatic growth by
decades, the evolution of today's major classes of competition,
plus a look at the growth of the racing parts aftermarket, the
influence of automaker participation and the support of corporate
America, the historic race tracks and their owners and how the
ideas of a small handful of men and women created the sanctioning
bodies that have guided the sport.
The early grassroots support
of Project 1320 has been amazing, fed by a word of mouth, internet-based
network of old racers. A significant number of fans and racers
have volunteered their home movies and pictures to this project.
These images and movies will be digitized and archived for future
use, as well as the first person interviews. The archives will
provide much of the resource material for the subsequent project
Project 1320 will be seeking
both corporate and grassroots support to document drag racing's
historic moments and personalities. The "Friends of Project
1320" program will soon be launched to allow individuals
to help produce this undertaking, and to build additional support.
The Board of Directors of QME
hope the project will generate even more support by fans and
racers who uncover their personal archives of yesterday and share
it with future generations of fans and racers.
The Board of Directors of Quarter
Mile Entertainment LLC consists of: Traci Hrudka (Chairman),
Harry Hibler, Don Garlits, Steve Cole and Wayne Wolfe. The Board
of Directors is assisted by an Advisory Board of Wally Booth,
Darwin Doll, Don Ewald, Carl Olson, Stephen Krystek and Bill